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Sunday, 15 Jun 2014




PIREPS:

Rich Stowell Mike tells us about an FAA training event held recently in Idaho Falls. His special guest was Rich Stowell - the Spin Doctor. The idea was for Rich and Mike to do some spin training for the crowd, but this required an FAA waiver to allow the display to be done over the airport at an altitude where spectators could see what was happening. Mike relates the process and response of working with 2 FSDOs to obtain the aerobatic waiver.
MountianAir Resort After the demonstration, Mike headed off on a 3300 mile cross country trip in his Cessna 180. The trip included several segments in and out of IMC. He also had a great visit at Mountainair, a private resort airpark, then on to Sporty's in Clermont County, OH.

Xtreme Decathlon Stu tells us about his company becoming an American Champion dealer, and ordering their first Xtreme Decathlon. He also recites his ambitious training goals for the year. He reported success on passing the ATP written test. Next up is the multi-engine commercial checkride, then multi-engine instructor (MEI), and finally Airline Transport Pilot (ATP).

To accomplish all these multi-engine goals, Stu and his business partner purchased a Cessna 310Q. Stew was kind enough to volunteer to help fly it anytime.
Runaway King Air Stu also relates a sad incident where a mechanic taxing a King Air experienced a runaway engine that turned him into a pair of parked Cessna 172s. One Cessna wing was essentially chewed off, and another "trimmed" a few feet. Luckily no one was injured, but it was an expensive afternoon for a King Air's insurance company.

In addition to groveling for multi-engine time, Stew completed his Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic (FIRC) at American Flyers. He was also guest lecturer on human factors in the cockpit for the McKinney Aviation Academy program. He's also starting to study for his ATP written test, and has been challenged to beat Stu's score of 94.


FEATURED SITE:

AvWxWorkshops.com AvWxWorkshops.com
Stew describes this subscription based web site that has an extensive series of tutorials and webinars on a variety of weather topics. For those that have a strong interest in weather phenomenon, or for the IFR pilot that wants to be really prepared, this is a good way to get the applied knowledge of weather systems and patterns.


PRODUCT REVIEW:

Stratus II Stratus II ADS/B Receiver
This ADHRS, ADS/B and GPS receiver provides multiple ways to connect to an iPad, as well as integration with ForeFlight, the most popular electronic flight bag for general aviation pilots. Mike notes that the NexRad radar available via ADS/B is not as high resolution as composite radar available in ForeFlight from WiFi or cellular data sources. However, it's all available at altitude when cell service is long forgtten. Mike also noted the ADHRS response rate was a bit sluggish compared to panel mounted systems, but since it's designed to be a standby backup, it's more than adequate in those situations.

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Monday, 3 Mar 2014


PIREPS:

New Jugs for Mike's 180 Mike returns to the skies in his beloved Cessna 180 after a top overhaul on his engine. He describes the process of “breaking in” new rings, pistons and cylinders. He also noticed how much rust had accumulated on his pilot skills during the time his 180 was down for maintenance.
Year end accounting Stu laments business concerns limiting his flying. He did get to fly to the US Sport Expo on Sebring, Florida in January, but has not been able to fly as much as he’d like due to weather and year-end activities.

ATP Certificate Stew describes the new changes to the ATP certificate requirements that become effective in July, 2014. After the changes go into effect, candidates for an ATP written test must have accrued costly flight experience prior to taking the written exam, much less the flight exam.
Cessna 310 Stu relates his desire to get his ATP this year before the changes, but before that he’s planning to get instrument proficient again, have an IPC, get the CFII, commercial multi-engine add-on, MEI and then ATP. To complete these lofty goals, Stu is looking to buy a Cessna 310Q twin-engine plane. The crew discusses the merits of a 310, other twins and the importance of a critical engine.

Mike updates us on his desire to pursue the CFI certificate, buy may divert to the ATP before the changes become effective. The crew discusses various study materials they’re planning on using for the ATP written test.


FEATURED SITE:

BuildAPlane.org BuildAPlane.org
Stew updates us on this non-profit gets kids involved in building aircraft. The website has videos and pages showing kids building the planes, competitions for participants, and ways you can contribute, cash or aircraft, to help build the aviation community.


PRODUCT REVIEW:

AOPA FlyQ AOPA FlyQ iPad EFB
Mike tells us about FlyQ from AOPA, a flight planning app for the iPad that includes split screens, ADS/B and AHRS device support, charts, airport information, synthetic vision, weather and much more. The app is free, but there is an annual subscription fee for data updates.

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46:07
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Saturday, 1 Feb 2014


PIREPS:

Spins in a Cub Mike describes a recent backcountry dead battery (and spare) which led him to hand prop his Cessna 180. He also discusses doing some intentional spins in his J3 Cub.
Rudder Cable CFI Stew talks about a broken rudder cable that one of his students encountered on a long cross country trip. This is the same Cessna 182 that has caused many a runway closure in it's storied career.

Cessna Corvalis Pilot Stu describes an opportunity to acquire a Cessna Corvalis high performance single engine aircraft.


PRODUCT REVIEW:

iPad Mini Mike review the iPad Mini, WiFi version. The size of the iPad mini is perfect for use in the cockpit. However, Mike is dissapointed with his choice of a 32gb model. He found that with all of the ForeFlight charts, plus audio and video he wants, he really should have opted for the 64gb model. If you will be using an iPad mini for cockpit use only (meaning no video or audio taking up space), the 32gb model may be good enough.

Also, the WiFi version does not have an internal GPS chip. For complete functionality, it really needs to be coupled with an external GPS. For Mike's purposes, that's fine since he plans to pair it with a Stratus or similar ADS/B, GPS and ADHRS unit.


FEATURED SITE:

SimpleFlight.net SimpleFlight.net SimpleFlight.net
An interactive live aviation internet radio show that finds amazing people doing amazing things in aviation! The audio and blog are available on the web site. You can also subscribe to the audio as a Podcast in iTunes or in your favorite podcather.

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1:02:27
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Thursday, 17 Oct 2013




Boeing Aircraft This episode we discuss ending the summer flying season, tail wheels, and welcome a special guest: Bob Kay, a retired production test pilot for the Boeing Corporation.

PIREPS:

Indian Creek Mike describes flying hard IFR in clear, albeit dark, skies. He also relates his visit to Indian Creek: a back country strip that might be able to use a control tower.

Super Decathlon Pilot Stu talks about completing his tail wheel endorsement in a Super Decathlon.


SPECIAL GUEST:

Bob Kay Bob Kay has over 13,500 hours flying a wide variety of aircraft from civilian general aviation, military and as a production test pilot for Boeing. Special guest Bob Kay tells us stories of his experiences as a production test pilot for the Boeing company.


FEATURED SITES:

LightspeedAviationFoundation.org LightspeedAviationFoundation.org Lightspeed Aviation Foundation
The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation was founded in 2010 to promote a vibrant and growing pilot community and to serve others for the betterment of our world. The do this by providing monetary grants to a select group of deserving aviation non-profit organizations nominated by members of the aviation community.

This years nominees include Angel Flight East, Angel Flight Southwest, Mission Aviation Fellowship, the Ninety-Nines, Pilots N Paws, the Recreational Aviation Foundation, and several others.

Both Mike and Bob Kay are actively involved in one of the nominees, the Recreational Aviation Foundation. They encourage you to vote for your favorite aviation charities at www.lightspeedaviationfoundation.org. Regardless of the organization you choose to vote for, please take time to vote for one of these deserving organizations.

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1:11:52
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Friday, 9 Aug 2013


PIREPS:

Wheel landing Mike has "trouble with his tail" as he describes landing with a damaged tailwheel. Using a high speed taxi, he extends a wheel landing to the ramp, keeping the tail wheel off the ground until he's ready to stop.

Approach to Aspen CFI Stew describes his recent flight to Aspen in a Cessna 182. Flatlander Stew does not get to fly in the mountains often, so it was a fun experience. He also experienced some 45 knot winds and tornado warnings at one of his stops along the way.

Formation flight video Pilot Stu had the opportunity to do some more formation flight while shooting a promotional video. The three ship mission included a Super Decathlon as the photo platform, and two SportCruisers as the beauty ships. You can see the video at http://ussportaircraft.com/rush


SPECIAL TOPIC:

Traffic Patterns The crew discusses traffic patterns and their pet peeves, preferences and rants about the dos and don'ts of traffic pattern etiquette.


FEATURED SITES:

MakerPlane.org MakerPlane.org Open Source Aircraft
MakerPlane is a Kickstarter type project to design and build an affordable plane using personal CNC machines, 3D printers, and other new small scale manufacturing technology.

aotf.tv AOTF.tv Adventures On The Fly
A couple and their dog, Charlie, fly into various neat locations and take us along in 30 minute video episodes.


PRODUCT REVIEW:

CP-1 Headset CrazedPilot.com Crazed Pilot CP-1 Headset
The CP-1 is a great starter headset. It's low priced, has good sound isolation, audio quality and comfort in a package well under $100. It's not a LightSpeed or Bose, but you could buy a dozen of them for the cost of one of those top end headsets. This product is aimed at the student pilot or as extra headsets for passengers.

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59:58
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